Should You Be Upset if You Get Submitted from Trick Moves from Inferior Positions?

In Jiu-Jitsu, flashy ninja type submissions from inferior positions can be fun to use and perform, but you should avoid getting overly focused on them.

You should focus more on positional control and high percentage fundamental techniques as they will lead to more consistent success on the Jiu-Jitsu mat.

If a training partner manages to submit you using a low percentage trick move from a disadvantageous position, say the buggy choke from bottom side control, there are a few things to consider.

First thing is to leave your ego at the door. Jiu-Jitsu is supposed to make you more humble, and we always need to learn from our mistakes. You should fix your mistakes, focus on what you can improve for next time rather than feeling upset.

Second thing, In Jiu-Jitsu, in the long run, positional dominance matters more than submissions. Being on top in a strong, stable position gives you far more control and submission options and control over your opponent. Trick submissions from the bottom are outliers—the exception, not the rule. Prioritizing positional improvement will yield long-term benefits.

Third thing, lower percentage techniques are just that for a reason. While they can work on occasion, high percentage submissions work more consistently because they exploit structural weaknesses present in most positions. Focus your time on fundamentals that will serve you best across multiple opponents and situations.

While it can be tempting to chase flashy submissions, the wiser path is to perfect the basics, dominate positions, and execute high percentage finishes. View any trick submissions you do receive as an opportunity to identify and remedy gaps in your own positional fundamentals. With the right mindset, even our losses on the mat can become valuable learning experiences to help us improve over time. Focus on the process, not just the end result, and progress will follow.

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